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Calling on all primary healthcare providers

Wow. A standing ovation for the CDC on its call to action to primary healthcare providers to step up the conversation on hearing loss—an issue near and dear to the heart of BHI for decades.

Take a look at the latest CDC Vital Signs:

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/pdf/2017-02-vitalsigns.pdf
 
Here’s a snippet:

Healthcare providers can

  • Ask patients about exposure to loud noise and trouble hearing, and examine hearing as part of routine care.
  • Provide hearing tests when patients show or report hearing problems, or refer them to a hearing specialist. 
  • Explain how noise exposure can permanently damage hearing.
  • Counsel patients on how to protect hearing.

And another:

Questions healthcare providers can ask patients. 

  • Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation if there is background noise?
  • Can you usually hear and understand what someone says in a normal tone of voice when you can’t see that person’s face?
  • Do you feel frustrated with your hearing when talking to family or friends?
  • Are you often exposed to loud sounds, either at work or away from work?

One more:

Everyone can

  • Avoid noisy places whenever possible.
  • Use earplugs, protective ear muffs, noise-canceling headphones when near loud noises.
  • Keep the volume down when watching TV, listening to music, and using earbuds or headphones.
  • Ask your doctor for a hearing checkup and how to protect your hearing from noise.

CDC’s latest research

If you haven’t seen it already, here is information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s analysis, which prompted the CDC Vital Signs report.
 
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/news/2017/us-adults-aged-20-69-years-show-signs-noise-induced-hearing-loss

Web pages

For additional information, here are some updated pages on the CDC website:

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/what_if_i_already_have_hearing_loss.html
https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/how_do_i_know_if_i_have_hearing_loss.html

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It’s great to see others bringing hearing health to the attention of primary healthcare providers as well.

Please remember: BHI offers a free, quick, and confidential online hearing check to help people determine—in the privacy, comfort, and convenience of their own homes—if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing care professional:  http://ow.ly/CJeh308RdlB

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